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posted Friday, September 20 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 38


Murray wins fifth City Council endorsement - Jean Godden says he's the best choice to address gender inequality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle City Council member Jean Godden endorsed Ed Murray for mayor of Seattle at a press conference held at Murray's Capitol Hill headquarters on September 18.

Godden is the fifth member of the council to endorse Murray, who is now supported by every member not running for re-election this year. None have endorsed inc
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ERISA and equality - Labor Dept. says employers must treat all married couples the same
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Legally married same-sex spouses have the right to participate in employee benefit plans even if they live in states that do not recognize their marriage, the U.S. Labor Department said in new instructions issued September 18.

The new guidance means that Gay and Lesbian spouses en
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'Over the Rainbow' - Summit on LGBT elders' needs makes a big impact
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle's first-ever summit conference on LGBT aging issues took place September 17, and was by all accounts a tremendous success.

Jackson Holtz, an organizer for SEIU (Service Employees International Union) 775NW, which hosted the conference at its downtown headquarters, sa
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Equality on the road - A country drive reminds us how far we still have to go
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

Road trips can often help keep you in touch and remind you of areas that you have not given much thought to. So on Labor Day weekend, Jason and I planned such a trip.

Our first stop was to visit his parents in Annapolis, Maryland. Among the lessons learned were how great i
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New poll gives Murray a commanding lead - Openly Gay challenger leads McGinn by more than 20 points
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray jumped to a huge lead in a new KING 5 poll released September 16.

A whopping 52% of the poll's respondents said they favored Murray, compared to only 30% for incumbent mayor Mike McGinn.

Results of the primary election on Aug
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Murray endorses plan for universal preschool - Mayoral candidate says pre-K education is essential to success
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

State Senator and Seattle mayoral candidate Ed Murray has endorsed a plan to provide preschool programs for all three- and four-year-olds in the city.

In a September 17 statement, Murray said he would 'commend and strongly endorse' a plan first developed by Seattle City Counci
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Charter Amendment 19 - Once again, Seattle takes a hard look ?at district elections in November
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

This November, a charter amendment that would create voting districts in the city of Seattle will appear on the ballot for the third time. First proposed 18 years ago, the measure would have the city elect most of its council members by district instead of electing all of them citywide.
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Scott Sarber
May 21, 1961 - July 2, 2013

To my dearest friend Scott, we have so many memories that you and I made while ripping and running the streets of Capitol Hill back in the '90s. We both worked at the most popular hamburger joint in the Broadway Market, and would terrorize R Place, Neighbours, C.C. Slaughters, and whatever other bar that would serve us tequila. We would get up more
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Space Needle on trial - Seattle landmark's management accused of violating workers' rights
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) brought the Space Needle to trial on September 17, on a number of unfair labor practices complaints filed by their employees. The trial is expected to last a week.

The NLRB is the federal agency charged with enforcing U.S. labor law. W
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LGBT legal clinic receives state bar award
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Washington State Bar Association is presenting the QLaw Foundation's GLBT Legal Clinic with the 2013 Pro Bono Award. The award is in recognition of the clinic's work in providing free legal services to LGBT individuals in King County on legal issues commonly faced by members of the
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Catholic students seek recognition of GSAs - Church resists despite teaching homosexual orientation is not sinful
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Archdiocese of Seattle has refused to allow Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) clubs in local Catholic high schools.

Despite the necessity of such clubs and repeated lobbying by local students, the Catholic hierarchy remains stubborn. But so too are the students, who have
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Why we need GSAs
The following was written by Zeena Rivera, high school student and founder/editor of Be! Magazine.

I'm Queer and I go to a Catholic high school. I won't tell you which one, but you could probably figure that one out pretty easily. Let me start out, though, by saying that my situation as a Queer kid in high school isn't ac
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GAY CITY ARTS - 'FURRYSEXYMANBOYS'
Gay City Arts (517 E. Pike St.) presents 'FurrySexyManBoys,' an exhibition of work by Jesse Dyer thru October 7. Mixing comic books, raunchy armpits, with a bit of drag queen, Jesse Dyer boldly approaches his graphic and often humorous drawings of men. He is next in line with UK's Mike Bliss, Tom of Finland, and comic legend, Patrick Fillio
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Who gets the pickup? - Texas Supreme Court to decide if state can grant same-sex divorces
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Texas Supreme Court will decide in November whether a Gay couple can apply for a divorce in the state. Oral arguments are scheduled for November 5.

When the couple, identified in court papers only as 'JB' and 'HB,' first filed for divorce in 2009, a family court judge gran
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The tools of manipulation - Learn some of the ways abusers try to get into your head
by Mac McGregor - Special to the SGN

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of articles on personal self-defense.

Psychological manipulation defined is a type of social influence that aims to change the perception or behavior of others through underhanded, deceptive, or even abusive tactics.
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LGBT youth face higher rate of dating abuse
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

LGBT teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, with Transgender teens especially vulnerable to victimization, a new Urban Institute report shows.

'Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth
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Amnesty report slams EU on anti-Gay violence
The European Union and its member states are failing to tackle homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and to protect all individuals from discrimination, harassment, and violence, Amnesty International said in a report published this week.

Amnesty International's report, Because of Who I Am: Homophobia, Transphobia, and Hate Crim
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Kiki with D: Three's a crowd?
by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear D,

My girlfriend and I have been together for two years, and everything has been great! We have a lot of fun together and really seem to be in love with one another. I am thinking of popping the question and asking her to marry me. I really feel like I have found the
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